An Isle of Wight dinosaur takes to Westminster Bridge as part of Wightminster. Picture courtesy of VisitIOW.
AN event showcasing the best of the Isle of Wight, has been taking place in London today (Thursday).
Isle of Wight Day — dubbed Wightminster — is aimed at travel and food writers, national food buyers, potential business investors and carefully selected ministers and MPs, the event has been organised by tourism body VisitIOW and MP Andrew Turner, with support from a host of prominent Island individuals and organisations.
Londoners and tourists came up close and personal with one of the recent stars of Isle of Wight tourism, a dinosaur from Blackgang Chine, which accompanied the delegation and took to the streets around Westminster, before heading to the Houses of Parliament.
There are hopes the event could lead to increased exposure and investment for the Isle of Wight.
New tourism minister Helen Grant MP is among the guests due to attend.
Ahead of the event Visit Isle of Wight chief executive David Thornton said: "This is a terrific opportunity for the Isle of Wight as a whole, and for the tourism sector in particular.
"Tourism is such a major part of the Island's economy. Estimates show it to be worth somewhere in the region of a staggering £633 million to the Isle of Wight — around 40 per cent of the Island's income.
"We are so thrilled to have this opportunity to go to Westminster and to seek further support, resources and inward investment, to further improve the Island’s visibility and to promote the benefits of doing business here."